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Amend leaves college job for CV baseball

SR Story | Mike Amend came home. The Central Valley grad – and son of former CV baseball coach Harry Amend – returned to his alma mater to take over the baseball program after coach Barry Poffenroth retired.

Prep notes: North Central fires football coach Brian Gardner

SR Story | When North Central football coach Brian Gardner was called into principal Steve Fisk’s office in early December, he thought it was for the typical postseason debriefing along with athletic director Mike Ranieri. Instead, Gardner was given a choice to resign or be fired. It was …

West Valley names baseball field in honor of Jack Spring

SR Story | The West Valley community came out in full force Friday to officially christen Jack Spring Field in recognition of the Eagles’ former longtime baseball coach and athletic director. Spring, 81, who pitched in the major leagues and is a lifetime Spokane resident, has battled an …

Mt. Spokane gets blanked, elminated by Yakima

SR Story | Dustin Yates threw six innings, giving up just three hits while striking out seven, and scored a run to lead Yakima Valley past Mt. Spokane 2-0 in a junior American Legion state tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday night at Merkel Field. The Peppers move on to …

The Spokane Northstars show off their trophy after winning the senior division championship in the 4th of July Legion Wood Bat Classic.

Northstars win 4th of July Wood Bat Classic

SR Story | The Spokane Northstars scored six runs in the sixth inning to break a tie and defeat Bellingham Post 7 11-5 in the championship game of the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene 4th of July Legion Wood Bat Classic on Sunday at Al K. Jackson Field in Spokane. The …

State 3A baseball: Mt. Spokane claws way to third place

SR Story | PASCO – The Mt. Spokane Wildcats essentially had to win the game twice, but found a way to end their magical season with a victory over Shorewood on Saturday to finish third in the State 3A baseball championships. The Wildcats (21-6) lost a 4-3 heartbreaker …

Straughan pitches, hits Colton to title

SR Story | CENTRALIA, Wash. – After defeating Oakville 2-1 in the 2B baseball championship game on Saturday, the Colton boys now have a shiny baseball trophy to set alongside their golden basketball that is so new it hasn’t even collected its first layer of dust. Senior pitcher …

Wildcats’ season ends in a rundown

SR Story | PASCO – Mt. Spokane’s chase of its first state title in baseball ended with a 4-3 semifinal loss after a bizarre rundown with two outs in the final inning that involved every O’Dea infielder before the game ended with a numbing thud. Down 4-1 to …

Game capsules

Coeur d’Alene 14, Southridge 3
A fourth-inning rally gave Coeur d’Alene an insurmountable lead as …
Mt. Spokane 14, Central Valley 6
With two outs in the fourth inning, Mt. Spokane drove …
Gonzaga Prep 8, North Central 3
Connor Cherry turned in a strong pitching performance, and Gonzaga …
Lewis and Clark 6, University 2
Ethan LaValley tossed a complete game, and Lewis and Clark …
Freeman 3, Deer Park 2
Konner Fuedenthal had two hits, including a double, and Freeman …
Shadle Park 11, Mead 3
Logan Kurucz scored three runs, and Shadle Park coasted past …
Rogers 5, Ferris 0
Thursday was Evan Norden’s time to shine. Norden spun a …
Southridge 6, Coeur d’Alene 5
Coeur d’Alene fell behind early, rallied to take the lead …

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Hannah Wesselman will be atttending Saint Martin’s University this fall and hopes to play for the Saints. (Dan Pelle)

Senior Hannah Wesselman powers U-Hi to state

SR Story | Every member of University’s softball team looks forward to spending this weekend in Lacey, but Hannah Wesselman has an extra reason to embrace the road trip. Wesselman, U-Hi’s senior first baseman, will be playing in the city of her future college, Saint Martin’s University. Saints …

Shadle Park's Jaya Allen loads up for a pitch during the third inning of a victory over Southridge on Tuesday. (Dan Pelle)

Softball: Shadle Park holds off Southridge in 3A regional

SR Story | There are more dynamic ways to earn a save, but Brittney Gately recorded the crucial outs that Shadle Park needed. Gately, who relieved Jaya Allen with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, minimized the damage and overcame a shaky sixth Tuesday …

Softball notes: Jordyn Soliday finds her place with Cardinals

SR Story | People tease Jordyn Soliday about having attended three high schools, but she laughs right back. “People are always like, ‘You’ve been to three high schools? What, you’re at what, and you haven’t even moved?’ But it’s me and it works, and I like where I …

Softball: Lakeside edges Riverside for District 7 1A title

SR Story | McKensie Brittos watched the ball sailing toward right field and thought her poor start on the mound was about to get a lot worse. Instead, Lakeside right fielder Hailey Lesser tracked down the tailing-away ball, caught it over her shoulder, and held on for the …

Idaho State softball: Vikings come up just short

SR Story | NAMPA, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene softball team didn’t finish on top, but the Vikings certainly got their money’s worth at the Idaho 5A State tournament. The Vikings stayed alive long enough to play seven games – the maximum possible at the two-day tournament – …

Idaho softball: Coeur d’Alene keeps state title hopes alive

SR Story | NAMPA, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene softball team’s high-powered offense never showed up on the first day of the 5A State tournament. Fortunately for the Vikings, sophomore pitcher Breana Burke was at the top of her game. Burke allowed just three runs and struck out …

Game capsules

Mt. Spokane 13, Central Valley 12
In a game where both teams had 17 hits, baserunning …
Shadle Park 11, Gonzaga Prep 0
Laurie Jones did it all on Thursday, as she helped …
Lakeside (WA) 12, West Valley 2
McKensie Brittles accounted for 3 RBIs, a home run and …
University 15, Ferris 0
Rachael Johnson had three hits and two stolen bases and …
Mead 7, Lewis and Clark 1
Kylie Bremner had a no-hitter going into the fifth, and …
North Central 23, Rogers 4
An offensive onslaught from North Central helped the Indians pummel …
Colton 11, Asotin 1
Colton’s softball team picked up right where their basketball team …
Freeman 5, St. Maries 4
Miranda Atwood picked up 3 RBIs, including the winner in …

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Sam Pizot, left, battles with Ferris’ Eric Hollenbaugh. (Steve Dipaola)

Shootout win sends Ferris to semis

SR Story | CAMAS, Wash. – Guesswork and preparation came together in a defining moment for the Ferris boys soccer team on Saturday. Saxons goalkeeper Alex Pells guessed right for the save that sends his team to the State 4A semifinals. Ferris outscored the Camas Papermakers 5-4 in …

Cheney's Micah Weller, right, and Pullman’s Rob Clark collide while going for the ball in Thursday’s District 7 2A title match. (Dan Pelle)

Blackhawks survive Greyhounds, claim District 7 2A soccer title

SR Story | The goals came a little harder, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm after Cheney earned another district soccer title Thursday afternoon. Actually, Blackhawks coach Mark Kiver was plenty damp from an ice-water bath that punctuated the Blackhawks’ gritty 2-0 win over Pullman for the District …

Ferris' Terry Cox, left, lobbies for a goal as CV goalie Kendall Findley picks the ball up off of his goal line. (Dan Pelle)

CV tops Ferris in boys soccer to claim District 4A title

SR Story | Central Valley’s young soccer team came of age Tuesday night. The season-long growing pains were forgotten after a 1-0 district title win over Ferris that earned the Bears, who only have two seniors on the team, some redemption along with a District 4A title.

Game capsules

Cheney 2, West Valley 1
Blake Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute, …
East Valley 4, Clarkston 0
Tristan Gresch, Devonte Gorman and Trevor Jacobs each scored as …
Colville 7, Deer Park 0
Benson had three goals and two assists, and Alberto Cisneros …
Mead JV 2, Lakeside (WA) 0
Brendan Hoagland and Thomas Baldwin each scored to lead Mead …
Gonzaga Prep 5, Rogers 0
Drew Mosman scored a goal and added two assists for …
Lewis and Clark 5, Shadle Park 0
Adam Thompson recorded a hat trick in the first seven …
Mead 3, Mt. Spokane 1
Daniel Weber had a goal and an assist to lead …
Ferris 7, North Central 2
Eric Hollenbaugh notched a hat trick and Jacob Bloomfeldt netted …

Track and field View all Track and field

Scout Cai of Colfax cleared 11 feet to win the girls State 2B pole vault at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field on Friday. (Colin Mulvany)

Colfax’s Cai wins girls State 2B pole vault

SR Story | Scout Cai soared over the bar by herself, but she counted it as another state title for Colfax. The sophomore topped her personal best by 1 foot Friday while winning the girls pole vault at the State 2B championships at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field.

Deer Park’s Andrew Buynak let loose a toss of 52 feet to take second place in the 2A shot put. (Patrick Hagerty)

After some rest, EV’s Allred does the rest

SR Story | TACOMA – Turns out rest did the trick for Elisha Allred after all. Missing the last month of the season after aggravating an elbow injury, the East Valley senior decided to stop throwing the javelin in hopes the tender joint would heal.

Central Valley’s Mariah Cunningham flew to third place in the girls 4A long jump at 17-10 3/4. (Patrick Hagerty photos)

Barranco excels; Riojas wins javelin at Star Track

SR Story | TACOMA – New classification, the biggest classification, a 2-foot improvement year over year and second in the State 4A pole vault. When cast in that light, Braden Barranco of Mead couldn’t help but smile.

Mt. Spokane’s Johnny Dressel sets the pace for CV’s Briton Demars and U-Hi’s Isaac Barville in the boys 1600 race May 8 at Mt. Spokane High School. (Dan Pelle)

Area schools send athletes to track, golf, tennis finals

SR Story | The final weekend of the 2013-14 high school sports season sends a host of Spokane Valley athletes to state tournaments. Central Valley swept all three relay events at last weekend’s Class 4A regional track and field tournament and the Lady Bears are favorites to reach …

Game capsules

Pullman, West Valley
Pullman and host West Valley split a track and field …
Quad City Invite
Isaac Wicks and Kaitlyn Gunnerson both put on strong performances …
3A Regional
At Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco in the 3A Regional, …
State 4A
By Greg Lee, NWPrepsNow.com ————— Alex Lewis of Moscow won …
State 1A
At Middleton High School in the Idaho 1A State meet, …
State 5A
By Greg Lee, NWPrepsNow.com ————— About halfway through the Idaho …
State 3A
By Greg Lee, NWPrepsNow.com ————— Timberlake’s boys took third with …
NE 1B/2B League
Odessa-Harrington’s Sam Schafer won four events at the Northeast 1B/2B …

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Kyle Fager, Courtney Provan win District 8 4A tennis singles titles

SR Story | Top-seeded Kyle Fager of Lewis and Clark defeated second-seeded Josiah Hopkins of Mead 6-2, 6-3 in the championship match of the District 8 4A tournament at Gonzaga Prep. Courtney Provan of Ferris defeated Lizzy Marcinkowski of Gonzaga Prep 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match.

Inland Empire tennis tourney here

SR Story | The 69th Inland Empire High School Tennis Tournament will be the largest in its history, with nearly 800 athletes from 53 schools taking part. The tournament begins today at 12 sites throughout Spokane.

Tennis: LC’s Luke Brittan looks for perfect spot on court

SR Story | Lewis and Clark boys tennis coach Tobin Phelps honestly isn’t sure what he’s going to do with Luke Brittan. The junior is busy establishing himself as the top boys singles player in the Greater Spokane League, but by the time the postseason rolls around he …

Game capsules

Chewelah at Reardon
Led by first place finishes in both singles and doubles, …
Gonzaga Prep 7, Central Valley 0
Gonzaga Prep defeated Central Valley seven matches to none, but …
University at Ferris
Despite Ferris claiming first in both singles and doubles, University …
Cheney 5, Lakeside 2
Cheney’s Ryan Smedley came from behind to defeat Seth Abrams …
Lewis & Clark 4, Mead 3
Kyle Fager defeated Mason Tullis in straight sets and Lewis …
Deer Park 3, Riverside 2
Deer Park’s Niamh Lakewolf defeated Nico Melber in three sets …
West Valley 4, Lakeland 1
Cameron Conner defeated Colin Burkhalter 6-2, 6-0 at first singles, …
Shadle Park 6, Rogers 1
Jamaal and Jared Burns turned in a dominant performance, and …

Girls tennis View all Girls tennis

Kyle Fager, Courtney Provan win District 8 4A tennis singles titles

SR Story | Top-seeded Kyle Fager of Lewis and Clark defeated second-seeded Josiah Hopkins of Mead 6-2, 6-3 in the championship match of the District 8 4A tournament at Gonzaga Prep. Courtney Provan of Ferris defeated Lizzy Marcinkowski of Gonzaga Prep 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match.

Inland Empire tennis tourney here

SR Story | The 69th Inland Empire High School Tennis Tournament will be the largest in its history, with nearly 800 athletes from 53 schools taking part. The tournament begins today at 12 sites throughout Spokane.

Tennis notes: Ferris picks up star player out of the blue

SR Story | Longtime Ferris girls tennis coach Mike McLauchlin thought he had a good idea what his varsity team would look like this spring. He wouldn’t have school courts for his kids to practice on, sure enough, but he knew who he had back from a year …

Tennis: LC’s Luke Brittan looks for perfect spot on court

SR Story | Lewis and Clark boys tennis coach Tobin Phelps honestly isn’t sure what he’s going to do with Luke Brittan. The junior is busy establishing himself as the top boys singles player in the Greater Spokane League, but by the time the postseason rolls around he …

Game capsules

Post Falls 5, East Valley 2
Post Falls used a strong game from their top doubles …
Shadle Park at Rogers
Sophomore Audra Spargo won the No. 1 singles match in …
Medical Lake 4, Freeman 1
Alyssa Fitzgerald defeated Emma Sheldon 6-0, 6-1, and Medical Lake …
Riverside 3, Deer Park 2
The Rams’ Sydney Spray defeated Katie Francis 6-2, 6-4, and …
Mt. Spokane 7, North Central 0
Mt. Spokane beat host North Central 7-0 in a girls …
Mead 4, Lewis and Clark 3
Katie Kuka’s strong performance helped Mead hold off Lewis and …
West Valley 3, Lakeland 2
Alexsandra Powell defeated Amanda Bear 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 at first …
Chewelah at Reardan
Chewelah topped Reardan 4-1 Thursday in a dual meet at …

Boys golf View all Boys golf

Lakeland’s Derek Bayley makes U.S. Open bid

SR Story | For the second straight year, Lakeland’s Derek Bayley played in the Idaho 4A State tournament and a couple days later made a run at the first stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open. Bayley won his second state title with a two-round total of 4-under …

Lakeland’s Derek Bayley considered several colleges before selecting Washington State for its proximity to Rathdrum and strong conference schedule. (Kathy Plonka)

Lakeland’s Bayley drives toward good finish

SR Story | Derek Bayley usually puts his golf clubs away for 3-4 months in the winter, but this year his break was a little longer. The talented, three-sport athlete had left shoulder surgery Aug. 15, eliminating his chance to quarterback Lakeland High’s football team. After five weeks …

Game capsules

Mullan v. Wallace (9 holes)
In a 9-hole dual match, Wallace boys defeated Mullan by …
Wilbur-Creston, Northwest Christian, Odessa-Harrington
Wilbur-Creston’s Zyran Nestor and Alicia Johnson both placed first respectively …
Shriver Cup
At Manito, Tanner Comes from Ferris finished first with a …
Pirate Open
Jake Dringle shot a 3-over-par 74 for a two-stroke victory, …
District 7 2A
Clarkston claimed the District 7 2A team title, qualifying four …
3A District Tournament
At Downriver Golf Course, Nick Renner of Mt. Spokane placed …
State 2A tournament
At Rupert Country Club in Minidoka County, Salmon won the …
State 4A tournament
At Twin Falls, Lakeland’s Derek Bayley claimed the individual 4A …

Girls golf View all Girls golf

Lakeland’s Derek Bayley makes U.S. Open bid

SR Story | For the second straight year, Lakeland’s Derek Bayley played in the Idaho 4A State tournament and a couple days later made a run at the first stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open. Bayley won his second state title with a two-round total of 4-under …

Game capsules

Great Northern League #1
Grace Frazier scored 65 points in a Modified Stableford Format …
District 7 2A
Clarkston’s Grace Frazier shot a second-round 83 for a combined …
GNL Golf
Clarkston’s Grace Frazier won the best individual round and Clarkston …
3A District Tournament
At Downriver Golf Course in the 3A District tournament, Mt. …
State 4A tournament
At Twin Falls, Bishop Kelly’s golf team took the 4A …
State 2A tournament
At the Rupert Country Club in Minidoka County, Delco placed …
State 5A tournament
Vallivue’s Gabby Barker shot a second-round 70 to post a …
State 3A tournament
Kellogg’s Jesse Gibbons won the state championship, but Kellogg as …
Baseball »
Amend leaves college job for CV baseball
Prep notes: North Central fires football coach Brian Gardner
West Valley names baseball field in honor of Jack Spring
Mt. Spokane gets blanked, elminated by Yakima
Northstars win 4th of July Wood Bat Classic
Fastpitch softball »
Senior Hannah Wesselman powers U-Hi to state
Softball: University, Shadle Park make state; 4A teams stay home
Softball: Shadle Park holds off Southridge in 3A regional
Softball notes: Jordyn Soliday finds her place with Cardinals
Softball: Lakeside edges Riverside for District 7 1A title
Spring boys soccer »
Shootout win sends Ferris to semis
Young CV Bears, led by three seniors, suffer tough loss at state
Blackhawks survive Greyhounds, claim District 7 2A soccer title
CV tops Ferris in boys soccer to claim District 4A title
Track and field »
Kopcynski, Allred pick up state victories
State 1A/2B/1B boys track: Medical Lake surges in 3,200 to capture 1A title
State 1A/2B/1B girls track: Colfax girls roll to 2B title
No records, but more gold for pair at small-schools track
Colfax’s Cai wins girls State 2B pole vault
Boys tennis »
Kyle Fager, Courtney Provan win District 8 4A tennis singles titles
Inland Empire tennis tourney here
Tennis: LC’s Luke Brittan looks for perfect spot on court
Girls tennis »
Kyle Fager, Courtney Provan win District 8 4A tennis singles titles
Inland Empire tennis tourney here
Tennis notes: Ferris picks up star player out of the blue
Tennis: LC’s Luke Brittan looks for perfect spot on court
Boys golf »
Lakeland’s Derek Bayley makes U.S. Open bid
Lakeland’s Bayley drives toward good finish
Girls golf »
Lakeland’s Derek Bayley makes U.S. Open bid
Boys basketball »
Winter all-league teams
Rosters announced for Idaho all-star games
Greater Spokane League
Garfield stops Rainier Beach
Federal Way knocks off Davis 65-46 for Class 4A title
Football »
West Valley’s Jace Malek signs with Vandals, but cancer detours plans
West Valley’s Jace Malek signs with Vandals, but cancer detours plans
Prep notes: North Central fires football coach Brian Gardner
Brett Rypien, Kelsey Turnbow named 2014 Junior athletes of the year
Shadle’s Brett Rypien named Washington 3A player of the year
Girls basketball »
Tyrone Hoard retires after 8 seasons as Rogers girls basketball coach
G-Prep girls aren’t done, head to New York for elite tournament
Winter all-league teams
Rosters announced for Idaho all-star games
Greater Spokane League
Volleyball »
Amanda Bailey a tough volleyball act to follow at CV
GSL girls should see tighter games in second half
North Idaho all-league teams
All-league Washington
2A, 1A, 2B, 1B State volleyball: Colfax romps to 13th title
Wrestling »
Central Valley wrestling coach John Owen retires as great teacher
Winter all-league teams
Greater Spokane League
Post Falls claims first state title
Idaho state wrestling: Post Falls in prime position after first day
Girls soccer »
North Idaho all-league teams
All-league Washington
Soccer: Too much of good thing?
CV’s girls’ soccer success twice as nice this year
Kelsey Turnbow scores four as Central Valley repeats as State 4A soccer champs
Cross country »
Brett Rypien, Kelsey Turnbow named 2014 Junior athletes of the year
Boys basketball: Antoinne Holmes’ 3-pointer gives Cusick upset win over Curlew
North Idaho all-league teams
All-league Washington
Mt. Spokane runner John Dressel selects Colorado
Gymnastics »
Winter all-league teams
Mead senior Jenna Schlosser captures three State 4A titles in her final gymnastics event
State gymnastics: Jenna Schlosser earns 9.4 on beam to win all-around, Mead finishes third
Mead’s strong seniors take last trip to State 4A gymnastics
Gymnastics: Jenna Schlosser, Mead claim regional titles; Mt. Spokane edged in 3A